LaPerm breed was developed from a colony of curly coated farm cats
which patrolled the cherry orchards of Dick and Linda Koehl from
The Dalles in Oregon. This colony can be traced back to one cat who
was appropriately called Curly and who was the founding mother of
the entire breed.
Although Curly was born in 1982
it was not until the early 1990s that steps were taken to establish
the unique cats as a pedigree breed. Interest grew quickly and
wherever the cats were seen they received a hugely positive
response. Very soon a group of breeders and judges were working
The breed is still rare and
although the majority of breeders are in the USA and Canada there
are now breeders in New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Holland,
Germany, Russia and the UK.
The LaPerm has been making good
progress in the UK and it is hopeful that the breed will achieve
full championship status and take its rightful place as a new and
enriching presence in the GCCF.
The LaPerm looks and feels like
no other cat. They have delicate looking but strong and muscular
foreign type bodies. Their heads are shaped like a modified wedge
with rounded contours and length and width in the muzzle. Their
amazing coats feel soft and textured and often fall in ringlets
especially round their necks and on their plumed tails. Shorthaired
LaPerms with wavy coats and bottle-brush tails also exist within
the breed. As with other rex breeds all colours are accepted and
some beautiful coats have been bred.